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Stop! An Interbnational War is Being Waged Against Israel

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Submitted by Prof. Paul Eidelberg (Israel), Mar 3, 2009 at 08:11

Caroline Glick reports:

Ever since the outgoing Kadima government ended Operation Cast Lead in Gaza on January 20, the Palestinians have steadily stepped-up their missile war against Israel. Over the weekend the IDF acknowledged that six weeks later, daily Palestinian missile barrages against Israel have returned to pre-Operation Cast Lead levels. Moreover, the IDF warned that over the past six weeks, Hamas and its sister terror groups have rebuilt their missile arsenals both through imports of Iranian arms from Egypt and through local production lines. They have also brought in fairly advanced anti-aircraft missiles capable of shooting down IAF helicopters. [Nevertheless,] representatives from 80 countries and international organizations convened in Sharm el-Sheikh to pledge billions of dollars in aid to Hamas-controlled Gaza (Jerusalem Post, March 3, 2009).

Donor nations, including the United States, Europe, and Saudi Arabia, agreed to give a total of $4.481 billion to Gaza, that is, to Hamas via the Palestinian Authority, collaborators in the terrorist war against Israel.

Even if much of this money helps rebuild Gaza, any candid person knows that much of it will be used by these terrorist organizations to purchase weapons to be employed against Israel. Indeed, the donation of this money to the Palestinian Authority—the umbrella organization for various terrorist groups, including Fatah and Tanzim— constitutes an additional incentive on the part of these terrorists to wage further war against Israel. Terrorism pays!

It follows that the donor nations in question have become covert if not overt allies of Israel's enemies. They must therefore be treated as belligerents in the terrorist war against Israel.

There is only one way to respond to these enemies, and that is to employ a principle repeatedly advocated by Benjamin Netanyahu, namely, "reciprocity," which, in the present case, requires Israel to wage war these nations. Of course, Israel will do nothing of the kind.

Let me nonetheless convey some critical information from Robert Baer, Sleeping with the Devil:

If [some power] were to simultaneously hit only five of the many sensitive points in Saudi Arabia's downstream oil system, they could put the Saudis out of the oil-producing business for about two years. A commando boat attack could do the job. Simply blowing of Abqaiq's up the East-West pipeline's Pump Station One to smithereens—or a single jumbo jet with a suicide bomber at the controls, hijacked during takeoff from Dubai and crashed into the heart of Ras Tanura, would be enough to bring the world's oil-addicted economies to their knees, America's along with them.

Consider America. By giving a reported $900 million to the terrorist organizations called the Palestinian Authority, the United States is violating international law. Let me state the issue with the help of Louis Rene Beres, a professor of international law:

There is a long-standing rule in international law known as NULLUM CRIMEN SINE POENA, "No crime without a punishment." It is codified directly in many different authoritative sources, and is also deducible from the binding Nuremberg Principles (1950) [that were applied to Nazi war criminals]. According to Principle 1: "Any person who commits an act which constitutes a crime under international law is responsible therefore and liable to punishment."

Terrorism is an established crime under international law; one of the very worst. The precise offenses that comprise this crime can be found at THE EUROPEAN CONVENTION ON THE SUPPRESSION OF TERRORISM. Palestinian terrorists are guilty of crimes of war and crimes against humanity — crimes so egregious that the perpetrators are known in law as HOSTES HUMANI GENERIS, "Common enemies of humankind."

International law presumes solidarity between states in the fight against all crime, including the crime of terrorism. This presumption is mentioned as early as the seventeenth century in Hugo Grotius' THE LAW OF WAR AND PEACE.

Although Israel has clear jurisdiction to punish crimes committed on its territory (the primary basis of jurisdiction under international law is determined by territorial location of the offense), it also has the right to act under broader principles of "universal jurisdiction." Its case for such universal jurisdiction, which derives from an expectation of interstate solidarity, is found at the four Geneva Conventions of August 12, 1949.

These Conventions unambiguously impose upon the High Contracting Parties the obligation to punish "Grave Breaches" of their settled rules.

Instead of punishing "Grave Breaches" of international law, the United States and other nations are rewarding terrorists under the facade of humanitarian aid to the Palestinian Authority—to repeat, an aggregation of terrorist organizations.

Even if I were not an American tax-payer—besides, I don't like my money going to terrorists, i.e., my potential murderers—I would strongly oppose this violation of international law by the Government of the United States. Although the U.S. Congress has in the past allocated hundreds of millions of dollars to the Palestinian Authority, I invite experts in American law to investigate more thoroughly the legality and constitutionality of such allocations.

The overriding issue, however, is that United States is aiding Israel's Arab enemies and may thus be deemed a belligerent under the laws of war. I believe that such action on the part of the United States is contrary to the interests of the American people, that such action contradicts America's war against international terrorism, and that such action constitutes a betrayal of America's only reliable ally in the Middle East, Israel.


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Gaza reconstruction [137 words]DemsciMar 14, 2009 05:18152257
Future of Palestina [474 words]DemsciMar 14, 2009 04:54152256
Israel Claims for Reconstruction [13 words]anneMar 11, 2009 17:53152118
Field of Dreams [64 words]DavePMar 6, 2009 17:36151778
the U.S. is at war with Israel [34 words]jennifer solisMar 6, 2009 16:25151775
Funding of terror [170 words]MontanaMar 6, 2009 03:23151743
Time for our own jihad [133 words]Seamus MacNemisMar 8, 2009 01:29151743
1The impossibility of a two state solution. [175 words]Seamus MacNemiMar 9, 2009 00:29151743
easy solution but hard to implement [237 words]the Grand Infidel of KaffiristanMar 9, 2009 20:44151743
Greetings to you Grand Infidel [106 words]Seamus MacNemiMar 11, 2009 12:21151743
an easy solution - just add water? [463 words]the Grand Infidel of KaffiristanMar 11, 2009 21:13151743
I'm, not sure how much here is truly "stupid" & how much by design. [52 words]kmanMar 6, 2009 01:29151738
I'm Heartsick [102 words]Susan CamptonMar 5, 2009 19:11151719
The Ayatollah criticizes Obama, and he backed out quickly [47 words]Zarah KahnMar 5, 2009 18:26151713
Hillary, not responsible [27 words]InfidelMar 5, 2009 16:38151705
Daniel, You're not nearly cynical enough. [53 words]marianaMar 5, 2009 14:21151700
With a Muslim in the white house [70 words]yuval Brandstetter MDMar 6, 2009 02:58151700
Very Well said, Mariana. [4 words]SvetlanatchkahMar 6, 2009 20:58151700
"...You can't always get what you want...." [140 words]marianaMar 8, 2009 15:33151700
Liberal truths [70 words]pdmMar 5, 2009 09:49151676
The Damage Hillary is bringing abroad. [219 words]SvetlanatchkahMar 5, 2009 01:30151660
1Next president of USA [217 words]AngelMar 6, 2009 13:55151660
Hi Angel, Thank you for your Feedback. [243 words]SvetlanatchkahMar 9, 2009 19:09151660
Donations for Palestinians what a waste! [7 words]AlecMar 4, 2009 21:36151647
Let em re-build and hit the Hamas monsters again. Money down the tax payers toilet. [103 words]Benny ZalkeMar 4, 2009 15:27151633
Common sense is so rare... [262 words]CanadianChrisMar 4, 2009 12:56151628
Actually, "common sense" is very common & lacking in any sense. [142 words]kmanMar 6, 2009 01:45151628
To Canadian Chris [319 words]AngelMar 10, 2009 06:21151628
Not Mendacity. Malice. [13 words]Sofa SogoodMar 4, 2009 12:47151627
The right to exist! [246 words]Rodni E. ChaletMar 4, 2009 10:02151613
Lunatic asylum [109 words]Stephen PaulMar 4, 2009 02:58151596
Ms. Clinton is a lawyer: she must know the law [251 words]Abu NudnikMar 4, 2009 00:45151588
To Abu Nudnik [57 words]DavidMar 5, 2009 01:08151588
SURREAL GAZA CONFERENCE [115 words]DIASPORAMar 4, 2009 00:15151587
Who is hoodwinking who? [46 words]Seamus MacNemiMar 10, 2009 07:59151587
one thing [128 words]ravin blackMar 3, 2009 20:57151579
Money for war damages [48 words]Dr. Sanford AranoffMar 3, 2009 20:26151578
Gaza Reconstruction [125 words]William EastMar 3, 2009 20:24151577
media blackout [38 words]Peter, ScotlandMar 3, 2009 18:15151568
Peter . Anti semitism is rife in the British Media [255 words]adam the scotMar 4, 2009 14:56151568
A "Diplomatic Shield" to protect Islamists in Gaza [153 words]AmerisraelMar 3, 2009 17:16151567
Not mendacity, but plain old ignorance [71 words]Rebecca MouldsMar 3, 2009 17:12151566
So true! [5 words]FarziaMar 4, 2009 09:08151566
"Stupidity" doesn't reign so much as cowardice & desire to be "current" with political fashion. [67 words]kmanMar 6, 2009 01:20151566
Nobody's that dumb? [104 words]H.J. YostMar 3, 2009 17:00151564
Is It Possible? [48 words]Widget1Mar 3, 2009 21:38151564
Self-delusional Fools [177 words]Robert LaGambaMar 3, 2009 16:59151563
Too much, entirely! [252 words]Seamus MacNemiMar 6, 2009 09:53151563
madness of funding reconstruction of Gaza [113 words]Pam U.K.Mar 3, 2009 16:49151562
makes financial sense..... [83 words]J. ChodakiewitzMar 3, 2009 16:24151560
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Open Letter To President Obama [150 words]Tom QuiganMar 3, 2009 15:25151556
open letter to President Obama [171 words]IsaacMar 4, 2009 10:55151556
assume [18 words]Gary SackMar 3, 2009 15:09151555
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Gaza's reconstruction conference [134 words]Isaac FlaksMar 3, 2009 14:42151553
angry donors [12 words]EricMar 3, 2009 14:26151552
reconstruction???? [172 words]peterMar 3, 2009 13:11151550
DR. Pipes, you were so right . How painful [333 words]SvetlanatchkahMar 3, 2009 12:54151549
What madness ! [48 words]Anne-Marie DelcambreMar 4, 2009 10:53151549
Accountability and Oversight [114 words]Richard B.Mar 3, 2009 12:29151546
Bizarre Events: Make War not Peace [106 words]John GlueckMar 3, 2009 12:28151545
When Reconstructing Gaza Has Its Origins In Historical Precedents [304 words]Adina KutnickiMar 3, 2009 12:25151544
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Surreal is the right word [96 words]pdmMar 3, 2009 12:05151540
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Who is capable to reconstruct Gaza.? [180 words]David GoshenMar 3, 2009 11:36151537
This conference reminds me of the anti-Isreal conference of S. Africa in June 2001. [84 words]
w/response from Daniel Pipes
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Newsweek Cover story: Americans should live with Radical Islam !! [51 words]Zarah KahnMar 4, 2009 11:31151536
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The elimination of Israel [392 words]Ken BesigMar 3, 2009 08:26151520
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Stop! An Interbnational War is Being Waged Against Israel [885 words]Prof. Paul EidelbergMar 3, 2009 08:11151517
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